Here at the James Joyce Centre we offer walking tours of the city based on Joyce’s life and work. During the Spring/Summer season we run these tours 3 times a week and during the Autumn/Winter Season we run one tour a week on a Saturday.
These tours change week to week, and you can see which public tours are currently scheduled here. All tours depart from the James Joyce Centre and last 90 minutes, our Irish Literary Revival tour lasts between 90 – 120 mins.
The Centre also provides private tours for groups who book in advance. If you are interested in a private tour please contact us via email or on +353 1 878 8547.
Though Joyce lived most of his life outside of Ireland, Dublin would provide the backdrop for virtually all of his work. On a stroll around the north inner city, our guide will explain the real-life inspiration behind some of Joyce’s most celebrated writing and will show just how central the streetscape of the ‘Hibernian metropolis’ is to the author’s life and art. The tour visits stops such as Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; North Hardwicke Street, the setting of the short story ‘The Boarding House'; The Gresham Hotel, the setting of the final and most memorable scene of the short story ‘The Dead'; and the James Joyce Statue on North Earl Street, affectionately known as the ‘Prick with the Stick’. The tour also includes a visit to the site of one of the most famous addresses in English literature, No. 7 Eccles Street, and retraces the steps of Leopold Bloom’s celebrated journey to buy a pork kidney in the fourth episode of Ulysses. This tour ends at the James Joyce Centre.
Joyce once referred to Dublin as the ‘centre of paralysis’, a city that he felt was backward and repressive in contrast to the modern capitals of Europe. This idea found its expression in Dubliners, a short story collection that illustrates the effects of this restrictive atmosphere on the city’s population. Join our guide on a walk that visits some of the key locations from both the collection and the author’s life, discussing all the while Joyce’s critical portrayal of the social, religious and political landscape of his home town. This tour also gives some insight into the publication history of the collection, itself a story that creates a sense of Joyce’s artistic mission and his controversial approach to writing about Dublin. This tour ends at Trinity College.
James Joyce grew up in a Dublin where politics, art and culture were intrinsic parts of everyday life and conversation. Nationalism was on the rise and, in the world of literature, artists were engaging with ideas of Irish identity and experience in what was known as the Irish Literary Revival. Joyce was shaped by this environment, but he had a complex relationship with his contemporaries and his nation. Join us on a tour that explores Joyce’s debt to major Revivalist figures such as W.B. Yeats, his rejection of contemporary artistic trends, his critical approach to the city and his eventual decision to leave Ireland and spend most of his life in Continental Europe, taking in along the way such iconic and culturally important landmarks as the GPO, the Abbey Theatre and the National Library.
‘I was blue mouldy for the want of that pint. Declare to God I could hear it hit the pit of me stomach with a click.’
The pub is an integral point of action in Joyce’s work; a forum for discussion, argument and revelry. Join us on this traipse between some of the pubs that shaped Joyce, his characters and his contemporaries, taking in some of Dublin’s oldest and most iconic watering holes.
Your tour will begin at The Gresham Hotel and will allow for a drink or two at each venue as you learn about the role of the public house in Irish literature.